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The first aid kit is a portable container of medicines, supplies, and information. It is kept for situations in which quick medical attention is needed for minor injuries.
A first aid kit is used to treat minor illnesses and injuries in or outside the home, thereby reducing the risk of complications from minor injuries.
The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends that every home have a first aid kit to respond to common medical emergencies. The contents of a well-stocked kit should include the following items:
The items in the kit can be stored in a box or a tote bag where adult members of a family or other group
know where it is located. The kit should be stored out of reach of children, and products should have child safety caps. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the correct use of medications and supplies.
The kit should be compact enough to be transported in a car, suitcase, or rucksack if traveling.
The kit should be inspected monthly to ensure that the contents are not damaged or out of date.
Author Info: Margaret A Stockley RGN, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit, Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, 2002This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the care and information received from your healthcare provider. Please consult a healthcare professional with any health concerns you may have.
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